I have to eat in holiness and purity, because I am doing God's will by eating.
"The will of the Creator, then, is to 'enliven every living thing' by means of eating. So I have to eat in holiness and purity, for I am doing God's will by eating. And when you think this way, then you can accomplish the spiritual purpose of eating by lifting up the holy sparks to their source…. And you should realize that it is God who has brought you to this hunger and thirst. For the hunger is from God" (Mazkeret Shem Ha-gedolim, p. 79).
If sparks of holiness are found everywhere in the world and we are to work toward restoring the wholeness of the divine, then the act of eating becomes in and of itself a holy act. By eating with this level of consciousness we are helping in the process of tikkun, "repairing" the world. We can transform hunger and thirst into a hunger and thirst for the experience of the holy.
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